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I am a freshman in a Sustainability major.Quite BrightAnimal Studies
I am a freshman in a Sustainability major. I am in the CSTEP program, the LSAMP program, and the WISE program. I am generally a really good student and I love meeting new people. Stony Brook isn't a bad college in my opinion - however, they focus too much on the sciences and are forgetting about the humanities and other important majors. They only care about weeding out people for the medical program in Chemistry and most of the heavy science classes. There's many things that they don't consider a science (like Psychology) which is arguable since it involves the science of understanding people and the body. Other than that, the college is okay. Commuting is okay - can be a pain but ten times better than living on campus. I'd never want to live with the people I've met who dorm. After my freshman year I dropped out of the WISE program - what a joke. If you want a continuation of high school, just join the program. I went in expecting a mature Honors program of prestige, and in the end it was groups of catty girls who are so priveleged and close minded. We had mandatory mentoring every week and I had to tolerate girls harassing me for rides every week to restaurants and girls who would take pictures of me during mentoring and laugh. Who does these things, it's college. The classes are ridiculous for WISE - you basically repeat the same curriculum over and over again, there's no actual use to the classes. Not to mention the girls aren't friendly in the classes. The program advisor is impossible to meet with - she is always out with Mono but last time I saw her she looked fine. The program is falling apart ever since she assumed the director position. I won't stand to be in a program like that. Be careful what program you enroll into and investigate what it's actually like. Do a lot of research and see if it's even worth your time.
1st Year Female -- Class 1921
Useful Schoolwork: A+, Collaboration/Competitive: D+
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Dont bother - you will get the sameBrightBusiness - Management and Administration
Dont bother - you will get the same or better education online and wount have to deal with all of stony brooks bullshit. The university is falling appart - all of the sidewalks/walkways are cracked or crumbling (particularly around the physics building) the required food plan for dormin students is a scam(over priced with low-quality food)

Also there are no student mental health services avalible, and Stony brook university is known for its high levels of student depression and poor mental health.

None of the teachers really teach - they all just read off a slideshow and then have online software grade homework - and yet attendence is still manditory. Almost all professors have also switched off of physical text books and onto e-textbooks. This means that you have to pay full price for an e-book that you will virtually never use and cannot return or re-sell, just so you can access your computer-generated computer-graded homeworks. Each class also uses a different website, and almost none of them post homework schedules to blackboard, this makes it difficult to keep track of homework. This also screws over low-income students who would normally buy used books or older versions.

They have over-enrolled commuter students, and so you have to arive 2-3 hours early inorder to get parking - but there is an entire faculty reserved lot that sits almost completely empty all day every day. There is paid parking, but it is very expensive, particularly if you are a low income student or if your classes are far appart.

The avalible classes are poorly scheduled - often forcing students to have a 1-4 hour blank space in between classes.

Tldr/ teachers dont teach; class materials require online access and are generated by computers and never touched bt teachers; classes are essentially overpriced online classes that require physical attendence; student services suck; there is not enough parking for the volume of students the university enrolls

3rd Year Female -- Class 2018
Faculty Accessibility: B, Useful Schoolwork: F
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It's like the wild,Computer Science
It's like the wild, you are totally on your own. I went from A in enrollment straight to F at the end of 1st year, nobody from school gave me a word or advise.
Alumnus Male -- Class 2000
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